Jessica Farrar, a Texas lawmaker wants to fine guys $100 for "emissions outside of a woman's vagina, or created outside of a health or medical facility".
Each year more than 5 million vehicles are totaled by insurance companies. Unfortunately, thousands of these vehicles are sold each year at salvage auctions, rebuilt and reenter the market with clean titles, so consumers, wholesale auto auctions and dealers may have no way to learn about the total loss.
Senior lawmakers, led by Sen. Trent Lott (R Miss and Rep. Cliff Stearns R FL have introduced legislation to ensure that totaled and flood damaged vehicles Katrina cars for instance are permanently red flagged so that used car buyers--consumers and auto retailers--can make more informed decisions about the safety and fair market value of a used vehicle. The National Automobile Dealers Association NADA and a coalition comprised of automakers, service organizations and others, have been working to build bipartisan support for legislation requiring insurers to make total-loss data available to the public.
Insurance companies already collect total loss disclosure information, but do not provide this valuable information to consumers. This information, plus the reason for the total loss flood, collision, stolen, etc., the date of total loss, the odometer reading on that date, and whether or not the airbag deployed, could be easily disseminated through vehicle history providers. This total loss information would make vehicle history reports more timely and complete. For more information, please visit: NADA.org
Saddam's regime may have paid to get US lawmakers to Iraq, a massive plane inspection cancels flights nationwide, and the space shuttle Endeavor returns to Earth. Marta Costello hosts the gnooze (the g is silent) - today’s top stories in about 3 minutes.
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Lawmakers on th House Floor Flat out brawling on the main and in the balcony. Like a bar room fight. Also look at www.usa180.org. There has been the largest crude oil find in North Dakota in U.S History. So why want the prices reflect this. Let's use it!
Many eyes are on the health care debate going on in Washington. But some Oklahoma lawmakers are getting involved because they're worried about the impact on a new hospital.
Lawmakers discuss further problems at the medical examiner's office as well as the state budget.
Republican lawmakers today challenged EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's motives in her $10 million budget request for the 2011 year. They also questioned the legitimacy of climate change.
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With hundreds of teachers receiving pink slips, a Green Country superintendent asks parents to call their lawmakers.
Lawmakers had to build a state budget for the upcoming fiscal year with about $1.2 billion less to spend than they had last year. Overall, the state budget will make adjustments to personnel, programs and services across state government.
State lawmakers have until 5 p.m. to finish work on this legislative session.
Some lawmakers call it 'a horrible way to govern.' Even those in leadership admit reform would be welcome. The conference committee process can be used for legitimate ends, but many believe it's a system ripe for abuse, and that it is being abused.
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Bosma: "Representative Battles is absent"
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Bosma: "Representative Bauer is apparently absent."
Indiana House Democrats fled the state this week -- Wisconsin-style -- in order to delay a vote on an anti-union bill. Sound familiar?
37 Democrats kept the House from meeting quorum to conduct business. Those Democrats say they won’t be coming back until they receive a commitment from Governor Mitch Daniels and House Speaker Brian Bosma that the “right-to-work” bill will be dropped for good. The bill would allow workers to collect union-won wages and benefits without paying union dues. (Video: Indy Star)
Indiana follows Wisconsin’s example. A commentator on Fox and Friends suggests Wisconsin used rank and file tactics to disband unions.
“The story of Wisconsin, is the fact that collective bargaining is working. The governor achieved all the concessions he sought, pertain to go give back, salary cuts.”
So, is this a sign of more to come? A blogger for the National Review says the new trend of lawmakers leaving a state to avoid a vote could indicate the “talked about national government shut down” may not be far off.
“...Democrats in (now) two states have actually shut down their governments — and not due to a legitimate legislative impasse, but by the illegitimate tactic of fleeing the state to avoid being compelled to do their jobs? … how bad can shutting down the government be?”
The Atlantic Wire says it is possible similar tactical moves could happen across the country.
“...the rest of the Midwest might have to get used to the idea of obstructionism served "Wisconsin style."
With such heated debates, there has to be a bad guy, right? Not necessarily. Seattle Post-Intelligencer suggests, while Wisconsin blames the Democrats, an historic Republican once made the same move.
“Unlike GOP Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin, (Indiana Governor Mitch) Daniels did not demonize Democrats for departing the House. (The man who would be Republicans’ first president, Abraham Lincoln, deliberately absented himself from the Illinois Legislature in 1840 to slow down passage of legislation he did not like.)
Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy will start similar union discusssions in his state and feels the media is blaming unions. Which led to a spirited discussion on MSNBC’s Mornin’ Joe.
Gov. Dannel Malloy (CT) : "I heard some of this give-and-take you guys engaged in before you came to me. You were demonizing the unions. And you were saying that politicians."
Joe Scarborough: "No, I'm not."
Malloy: "That politicians gave in. We're not talking about disbanding the legislature here. We're talking about disbanding unions. Is that fair?"
Scarborough: "I don't know who you thought was demonizing unions?"
Mika Brzezinski: "I think that was happening."
Scarborough: "Who was doing that?"
Brzezinski: "We were focusing so much on exactly what is wrong with parts of the union system, benefits some get and it got so specific-"
In addition to Wisconsin, Indiana and Connecticut, Ohio’s state government is facing large protests against an anti-union bill. The Governor of New Jersey says he’s looking for a similar solution to his state’s budget problems.
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Darts not doing it for you? Not any good at snooker? Well -- Florida lawmaker Ritch Workman -- may have the solution -- Dwarf tossing. For those of you not familiar with the pseudo-sport a blogger for the Miami New Times explains.
“[Dwarf] tossing, originally made popular in Australia, involves little people suiting up in Velcro-clad suits, usually at bars. Then patrons compete to see who can through the person farthest up a Velcro surface.”
The practice was banned in 1989 in Florida amid claims of it being dangerous and dehumanizing. So why bring it back? Florida Today quotes Workman as saying...
“I find the act of tossing little people for entertainment ridiculous and ludicrous. My problem with the law I want to repeal is that it shouldn’t be a law. This was their employment. We found it distasteful and made it against the law. That’s not what the state is supposed to do.”
And the proposal become the butt of late-night jokes- with Jimmy Kimmel poking fun at the notion that dwarfs would be excited at the new job opportunities.
“All the ban does is prevent dwarfs from getting jobs they are happy to get. That’s a job they’d be happy to get? Even ‘Happy’ from the Seven Dwarfs would not be happy to get that job.”
While this may seem like a strange stance for someone to take, Workman is not the first. A blogger for Broward Palm Beach says...
“In 2001, a 3-foot-2 radio host known as ‘Dave the Dwarf’ filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn Florida's ban on the ‘activity’, saying he wanted the same opportunity for employment as everyone else. Dave likened dwarf tossing to basketball, in which height is an asset in the profession.”
But the organization Little People of America has continued its stance of disdain for the activity. Gawker has some comments from the former Little People of America president.
“The people who were thrown [before the ban] were alcoholics with low self-esteem … Many of them were injured. One committed suicide. … [Dwarf tossing is] something that brings out the worst element in some people, and it's focused on people who are the most vulnerable.”
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It had all the makings of a romantic evening. Red wine, mood music, and oh yeah — TV coverage of Virginia’s transvaginal ultrasound bill. For Virginia state delegate David Albo a romantic evening with his wife was going smoothly — until she flipped on the news. Take a look at the video of Albo on the House floor recounting what he saw on TV...
“going ‘trans-v-burrr, trans-v this, trans-v that’.”
“And I’m like this with my wife, and the show’s over and she looks and me and goes ‘I gotta go to bed.’”
Virginia lawmakers passed a bill that would have required women seeking an abortion to have an invasive ultrasound procedure. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell supports the bill, but this week asked lawmakers to drum up a different version that calls for a non-invasive procedure. Albo wrote compromise language that removed the transvaginal ultrasound for early-term pregnancies. ABC News offers analysis on the incident...
“It’s a joking moment probably meant to lighten the atmosphere after a politically charged week. But video of the speech … is sure to offend some who disagree with the controversial law he helped pass.”
So you might be wondering, what does Mrs. Albo think of her husband’s story? Mediaite writes...
“Yes, this went into the official record. I imagine dinner tonight must have been pleasantly awkward in the Albo household.”
Finally, a writer for Newser is crossing their fingers chatter about the bill is over...
“We'll hope this is the last word on Virginia's transvaginal ultrasound controversy for a long time.”
Colette Avital (Labor) believes firmly in peace with the Palestinians. She lays out her views.